Seattle: Passenger in pedicab dies in 3-vehicle crash

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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/373925_wreck07.html

By MOISES MENDOZA
P-I REPORTER

A 60-year-old man died early Wednesday evening after an accident involving a Ford van, a scooter and a pedicab at Western Avenue and Cedar Street in downtown Seattle.

Police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the pedicab, which was carrying the 60-year-old and his wife, was going downhill on Cedar Street approaching Western Avenue when it may have had an equipment failure.

The 23-year-old pedicab driver had a red light but went through the intersection and hit a scooter that was traveling northbound on Western Avenue, police said.

Then the pedicab hit the Ford Aerostar, which was behind the scooter on Western Avenue. Kappel said the impact threw the driver, the man and his wife, also in her 60s, out of the pedicab.

The passenger was run over by the van, and firefighters tried to free him, but he died at the scene, department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen. His wife was extricated and taken to Harborview Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The 23-year-old pedicab driver for Cascadia Cabs was also taken to Harborview with nonlife-threatening injuries

“I just heard a boom, and I thought someone was shot,” said Vinnie Brassesco, who lives in a nearby apartment. “I looked out my window, and I saw a whole bunch of people freaking out.”

Cascadia Cabs is in Seattle but has a Bellingham mailing address, according to state records. The company has fleets in Seattle, Bellingham, Portland and Eugene.

A man who identified himself as the owner of the Seattle fleet was told of the accident by the Seattle P-I. He didn’t know more details as of about 8 p.m., while he was on his way to Harborview Medical Center.

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